Cyclone Winston In Fiji: How Travellers Are Affected

22 February 2016
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Fiji continues to recover today from the devastating Cyclone Winston, which assaulted the country over the weekend.

The current death toll stands at 10, with fears this might rise in the coming days. Clean-up efforts have already begun, but the effects will be lingering with many homes and businesses lost to the natural disaster.

For travellers, arriving into and leaving the country remains a challenge with certain airports still struggling to operate and some airlines cancelling flights.

Flight Cancelled Many flights to Fiji remained cancelled or delayed today (Image: Getty)

Virgin Australia has resumed flights to and from Nadi as of today (Monday 22 February). Passengers who had flights cancelled due to the cyclone will be able to fly today as well after receiving updated travel details.

Jetstar has decided to cancel all Monday flights, but will resume services tomorrow (Tuesday 23 February). Fiji Airways has resumed services, but passengers should expect delays.

At this time resorts and hotels in many places around the country are unable to access power, making communication very difficult.

However, reports from sources in Fiji have revealed the following current statuses for particular regions:

  • Coral Coast - Operating as normal, with clean-up underway.
  • Denarau - Clean-up underway, but full impact is still being assessed.
  • Manamanuca and Yasawa Islands - Communication with properties is still down, but many guests were relocated to Denarau on Friday and Saturday. Launch transfers to the islands are expected to resume tomorrow, along with helicopter and seaplane transfers.
  • Northern Islands - Wide reports of damage, and communication with hotels and resorts still unavailable.

Travellers with Fiji holiday plans should attempt to contact their intended hotel or resort before departing Australia. If cancellations are necessary, those with Cover-More travel insurance will be eligible for compensation.

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Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.